At Wyalusing State Park, you can camp 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. One of Wisconsin's oldest parks, Wyalusing features Indian burial mounds, canoe trail, bird watching. It's a place to go for fishing, boating, bicycling, picnicking, and enjoying nature. There are an interpretive center and four historical markers within the park.
Starts at Look out point and heads south to River landing following the bluff, great views over the river valley in many areas. Steep in places. Midway you see Indian mounds, nice highlight of the trail. Also interesting they have a monument to the last passenger pigeon in Wisconsin at this site.
The mosquitoes were the worst I ever encountered. I couldn't stop for a picture without being swarmed. Regardless the hikes were visually interesting and alot of history with the indian mounds. Several wet weather waterfalls and bluff caves.
Wyalusing is a a great place to hike and enjoy the solace of your own thoughts. It's barren throughout much of the year, but I have no complaints. I also found some great information about it for those who haven't been at http://www.stateparksreview.com/wisconsin-state-parks/wyalusing-state-park/. Fun place, and glad to have it!
Great little state park, one of several, including Pikes Peak, IA and Effigy Mounds NM, in the driftless hills around Parie du Chein. Really alive in the Fall, it has a good numer of trails that can cater to several levels of fitness. Last time we did about 10 miles worth of trails starting at the parking near the Wisonsin Ridge Campground, we walked over and did the Sand Cave loop, then came back and headed down the Sentinel Trail to the boat ramp, up the Sugar Maple Nature loop (making sure to hike up the spure to the Homestead Picnic Area) and then back to the boat ramp and up Sentinel.
Early in the spring we hiked the Sentinal Ridge Trail which was 1.6 miles one way. Had some steep climbs but had beautiful views of the Mississippi. Also hiked Sand Cave Trail and Little Sand Cave Loop which was a total I believe of about 2.5 miles. The scenery was wild flowers, birds, ravine, cliffs, etc. - a wide variety of things to see! Bring your binoculars and camera!
Barbara O. on Wyalusing State Park Loop Trail
I was able to get in hiking and walking. The trail we went on had narrow trails, but you were able to get beautiful views of the Wisconsin River and Mississippi River. Some were quite a challenge for me, because it was walking straight up. We found some beautiful waterfalls, too. That was about 13 years ago, and have been trying to get back there.Sorry, but I don't remember when.